French DS brand shows its vision for 2035
DS Automobiles, Citroen’s luxury brand, reckons it has the answer to what it calls the ‘‘current, near-obsessional quest for characterless mobility’’ of tomorrow’s cars.
The company says it has combined new technologies with ‘‘poetic creativity’’ in its new concept car, the DS X E-Tense.
The cockpit is accessed by a gullwing-type door that is trimmed with a carbon fibre/ leather weave. The single seat can be adapted to the driver’s build like the moulded seats used in motor racing, while its reclined position helps to keep the car’s centre of gravity low.
The steering wheel is leather, wood and metal. The two-tone Millennium Blue and Navy Blue Aniline leather is finished with DS’s trademark pearl top-stitch pattern.
The asymmetric architecture provides different cabin experiences left and right. Underneath the clear glass canopy, the passenger is enclosed in a capsule with a ventilated, massaging seat that stretches back ‘‘like a deployed bird’s wing’’ says DS, with a feather star motif crowning the top of the back.
Travelling in autonomous mode, the dashboard becomes a hi-fidelity sound bar.
The see-through electro- chromatic glass floor provides a view of the road underneath. The passenger gets filtered, scented air; an additional seat makes it possible to travel three-up.
In addition to being connected to the outside world, a personal assistant – IRIS, which takes the form of a hologram – tends to the vehicle’s functions.
Located within the front wheels, the electrified powertrain produces 400kW, a figure that rises to 1000kW in Circuit mode, which also brings the sports suspension into play – designed by the technical team behind the DS Formula E racer.
The carbon fibre chassis sits on new-design springs and torsion bars, while traction, grip and deceleration is controlled by an active system that adapts to road surface.
Getting more into futurefantasy, DS says the body is capable of recovering its original form after an impact, while the configuration of the front grille and the cooling capacity adapt to the driver’s whims. Thanks to DS Light Veil light curtains, the brightness of the lights adjusts to suit the occupants, the car and its surroundings.
DS Automobiles says its X E-Tense concept is the answer to concerns about future cars being boring boxes.